Anderson, Broad left out of ODI squad
James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Bell have been left out of England's ODI squad to face New Zealand in the most obvious sign of England moving on since the disastrous World Cup campaign. Moeen Ali has also been left out to concentrate on red-ball cricket ahead of the Ashes that begins on July 8.
Moeen will go back to play Championship cricket for Worcestershire having struggled to find his form since returning to the England Test side for the second Test against West Indies in Grenada. Moeen may be retained as England's specialist spinner for the Ashes but took only five wickets at 50.00 in the two Tests against New Zealand. From the World Cup squad, Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell have also been dropped while Chris Woakes remains injured.
A potential replacement for Moeen, the Yorkshire legspinning allrounder Adil Rashid, is included in the 14-man ODI squad along with a number of names that featured in the squad for washed out ODI against Ireland. Kent's Sam Billings, Jason Roy of Surrey, David Willey, the Northamptonshire allrounder and paceman Mark Wood - the latter three who made their ODI debuts in the match - will hope to get a chance to impress ahead of the arrival of England's new head coach, Trevor Bayliss, in the lead-up to the Ashes; Bayliss said he may arrive for some of the one-day series against New Zealand too.
"This series presents an excellent opportunity to look at players we believe can play a key role for England over the next four years as we build towards the next World Cup," the national selector, James Whitaker, said. "We have opted to rest Moeen Ali from this series and he will play cricket for Worcestershire in preparation for the Ashes next month.
"A number of players involved in the recent World Cup including James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell and Stuart Broad have been left of the squad for this series. It is important to point out that none of these players have been ruled out of playing a role for England in limited overs formats in the future. This squad allows us to look at a group of players who have performed well both at county and England Lions level in recent years."
Despite assurances from Whitaker, it could yet be the end of Anderson, Broad and Bell's ODI careers. The pair took five wickets at 49.00 and four at 63.50 respectively at the World Cup and with England's heavy schedule of Test cricket, with 12 more Tests to come before the end of next January, both could be stood down from ODI duty. Anderson will be 36 and Broad 32 by the time of the 2019 World Cup. Bell, though, was England's leading run-scorer at the World Cup with 262 runs at 52.40 but England have finally realised the need for a more dynamic top order.
But one career that is safe for now is that of Eoin Morgan, who returns to captain the side having missed the Ireland ODI while away at the IPL. Many considered him fortunate to be retained as captain following the appointment of Andrew Strauss as England director of cricket but he will attempt to regain form - he has averaged 19.23 in ODIs in the past 12 months - and begin England's revival against a New Zealand side who blazed a trail to the World Cup final and have gone a long way to transforming 50-over cricket.
Steven Finn will also line up against the man who smeared his reputation with a ferocious assault at the World Cup. Brendon McCullum slammed Finn for 44 in just 10 balls in Wellington and the spell played a part in Finn being left out of England's touring party to the West Indies. Finn, like Morgan, will be eager to atone for the World Cup as England attempt to begin a new era with the long-term goal of being competitive at the 2019 World Cup to be staged in England.
England v New Zealand ODI series
June 9, 1st ODI, Edgbaston D/N
June 12, 2nd ODI, Kia Oval D/N
June 14, 3rd ODI, Ageas Bowl
June 17, 4th ODI, Trent Bridge D/N
June 20, 5th ODI, Chester-le-Street